STEMworks

A partnership with Catholic Education

Is your school thinking about STEM? Engage with Scienceworks and discover best practice for integrating new and emerging technologies into classroom inquiry units.

Participants at WeSTEM: Design Sprint in 2019, held in the Pumping Station at Scienceworks
Participants at WeSTEM: Design Sprint in 2019, held in the Pumping Station at Scienceworks

Work with Scienceworks STEM specialists to learn about project-based STEM, real world applications and relevant contexts to use in your classroom.

Learn about and register for opportunities in 2021 below.


STEMworks Introduction Day

Teachers from Catholic Education participating in a STEM Professional Development program in the Air Playground exhibition at Scienceworks
Teachers from Catholic Education participating in a STEM Professional Development program in the Air Playground exhibition at Scienceworks

An introduction to the 2021 STEM offer at Scienceworks! A one-hour Zoom conference that will cover the opportunities at Scienceworks this year, the STEMworks program and a chance to ask questions about the Partner School application. Come hear more about what we’re offering to Northern Region schools in 2021, and connect with our STEM specialists.

This event is for Catholic Northern Region schools and funded by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

Monday 1 March, 3:30–4:30pm
Registration required – Zoom link will be provided upon registration


STEMworks Partner School Application

Are you interested in a whole-school approach to STEM learning at your school? Do you want to work closely with Scienceworks STEM specialists to help you get there?

Scienceworks’ STEMworks program is looking for Catholic partner schools from the Northern Region. Apply to be a STEMworks partner school, with the application below. Partner schools do not need to already be “advanced” in STEM but committed to working towards a school-wide STEM vision and pedagogy that produces a measurable improvement in teaching practice and learning outcomes.

If selected, partner schools receive:

  • Tailored PL sessions and planning support for your staff
  • Access to incursions for your students
  • A close relationship with and advice from Scienceworks STEM specialists
  • First to know about and pilot new STEM programs at Scienceworks
  • Support to enter the CEM STEM MAD showcase
  • Opportunities to co-present at STEM conferences and network with other schools
  • Support assessing the impact of STEM learning on your students


Born or Built
 Exhibition Teacher Preview

Exhibition interactives in Born or Built
Born or Built? Our Robotic Future exhibition interactives

All Catholic teachers in Victoria are invited to a special sneak preview of Scienceworks’ newest exhibition, Born or Built? Our Robotic Future. Learn about robotics, technology and ethics, and how this exhibition can link in to your curriculum.

Wednesday 31 March, 4–6pm
Registration required, drinks and nibbles provided


Student and Teacher Design Sprint

Participants at WeSTEM: Design Sprint in 2019, held in the Pumping Station at Scienceworks
Participants at WeSTEM: Design Sprint in 2019, held in the Pumping Station at Scienceworks

Teams of 5 Victorian Catholic students and their teacher(s) will engage with a day-long hackathon-style design workshop. Engage with industry speakers, integrate technology tools into your designs and put your best ideas forward! More information about the theme and challenge to be announced. This process is a great way to kick-start your students into the CEM STEM MAD showcase in October!

Tuesday 11 May, 9am–2:15pm
Registration required


Tuesday 24 August, 9am–2:15pm

Registration required


STEM Sessions Professional Learning Series

Teachers participating in educational activities at Scienceworks
Teachers from the Catholic Education STEM Professional Development program participating in Beyond Perception educational activities at Scienceworks

Learn from Scienceworks STEM specialists in this special PL series for Victorian Catholic Teachers. Sign up for one, two or all four for a full STEM pedagogy experience! All workshops run from 9am–3pm at Scienceworks.

Tuesday 8 June: Introduction to STEM (F-10)
Tuesday 13 July: Design Sprint (F-10)
Tuesday 10 August: Digital Technologies integration (F-10)
Tuesday 14 September: Jr Primary STEM (F-2)

Registration required & catering provided


CEM STEM MAD Showcase

Enter a team from your school that have completed a STEM project that ‘makes a difference (MAD)!’. Showcase your students’ hard work, and enter to win prizes!

Entry Details TBC


For more information, contact Emilie Nachtigall at [email protected]


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